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Tips on how to extend the lifespan of business cards

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Business meetings, conferences, networking events, social gatherings, etc., all of these events have one thing in common – the exchange of business cards among professionals. Though we are living in a digital world with smartphones, laptops and tablets, the exchange of business cards is still a universal ritual in the corporate world. They make it easy for people to connect as they carry essential contact information, however 88 percent of business cards handed out will be thrown out in less than a week. With this in mind, we need to make eco-friendly choices at the time of purchase as well as look for ideas to recycle or upcycle in order to help reduce the impact on the environment.

You can make a start with getting business cards printed on recycled paper – be inspired by these five eco-friendly options. You can also hold back on simply throwing out collected or expired cards even if the stack of cards has piled up to an unbearable level on your desk or in your favorite junk drawer. Give them a second chance with one of the following cool and useful recycling and upcycling ideas:

  1. Make your own chalkboard tags: Apply a coat of chalkboard paint to the business cards and let it dry overnight. Punching a hole in the side will turn the old unwanted business card into a stylish hanging label or even gift tag. It makes a neat label for flowers and herbs in your garden or kitchen when attached to a small stick or a toothpick. Be inspired by examples here.
  2. Convert old cards to reusable note cards: Laminate the cards, add a magnet (if you are using magnet board) to one of the sides and add them to your organizational board. Using a dry erase pen to take notes, write down tasks or other reminders, allows you to reuse the cards as often as you wish.
  3. Turn trash into treasured decoration: Get creative and create a piece of decoration made from old business cards for the next office party or a colleague’s birthday. Surprise your team member at their next birthday with a colorful, personalised birthday banner. Get ideas for the design here.
  4. Take it to the next level: If you have more time on your hands, you may want to consider making your own homemade paper from old cards teared into little pieces. You can find instructions here.

There are many ways to extend the lifespan of a business card, choose an option that is most useful for you.

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As the year 2017 came to an end, PATA staff went through their belongings and brought unwanted clothes, books and other items in good condition to the office for donation. We wanted to help those less fortunate here in Bangkok and contacted Second Chance Bangkok to let them know about the pile of donations we were able to gather from our homes.

Second Chance Bangkok provides second hand items to residents of Bangkok’s largest slum, Klong Toey. Donated goods are sold to residents for only a few Baht, or given away for free. Second Chance Bangkok also upcycles unwanted clothing by creatively using them to design great bags and gift wares. This innovative program simultaneously creates employment for women in the Klong Toey slum.
The wonderful team from Second Chance Bangkok gratefully picked up the donations from our office on January 18. We intend to repeat this initiative twice a year from now on to help those in need.

Our pile of donations included men and women clothes, books, toys, shoes and toiletries.

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Halloween is just around the corner so here are some ideas to ensure that the spookiest time of the year is green. Whether you are celebrating with your family and friends or have a themed event at your office, you are only a few steps away from a ‘green’ Halloween.

Decorations and costumes

Look for do-it-yourself decoration ideas by making the most of recyclable items around your house and workplace. Browse for easy recycled decoration ideas and be inspired. Tin cans of all sizes, empty glass bottles, jars and toilet paper rolls can easily be turned into scary décor. It’s the same with your costume. Browse your wardrobes or the local flea markets for clothing suitable for your scary DIY Halloween costume.

Choose environmentally-friendly face paint to make your own fake blood. to get motivated, or if you lack all necessary items, make it a fun get-together with friends and ask them to bring arts and crafts supplies and recycled materials to trade.

Food and drinks

No Halloween party is complete without drinks and snacks. Green your party with reusable crockery and cutlery and search for recyclable or compostable items if required.  Choose organic candy without artificial flavours or preservatives. There are many options for delicious and healthy home-made Halloween snacks including vegetarian/vegan options that do not require detailed preparation and cooking/baking skills.

Pumpkins

Halloween is simply not the same without pumpkins. However, think about how to get the most from your pumpkin. Many people use pumpkins purely for decoration, even though they make delicious pies, soup, bread and even dog food. Check out these creative upcycling ideas for pumpkins using old sweaters, socks and more. If you choose a real pumpkin, make sure to read our tips on what to do with pumpkin waste.  

Take this year’s green Halloween initiative one step further by staging a fun competition in your workplace. Form teams to create the most sustainable and creative decoration for the office and then post your spooky Halloween photos on social media.

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New Year’s resolutions are intended to promote better lifestyles and habits towards our hopes of a brighter future. Here are some ways to kick-start 2017 with a more sustainable lifestyle.


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Goals are easier to achieve if they are specific and focused. For example, resolve to eliminate as much plastic from your life as possible. One easy way to start this is to get a filter and a reusable water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic water bottles.

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Learn something new

If you’re looking forward to learning something new, why not try a new hobby that benefits the environment? Here are some ideas to get you started on your zero-carbon journey. Also, check out some of our other Green Tips articles that can help you reduce your footprint:

Green your ways to go to work!

Offset what you can’t reduce!

 

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Upcycle

Before recycling, think about reusing materials that would otherwise go to waste. This is called ‘upcycling’ and helps to extend a product’s life cycle by reusing unwanted materials. Boost your creativity by turning your trash into treasure. Check out this site for upcycling ideas to kick-start your creativity.

 

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Travel sustainably

Travel can be a powerful force for social and environmental change. This is the year to start taking some of those bucket list trips and doing them in a sustainable and responsible way. Here are the ultimate guides on how to be a responsible traveller. Make sure you have a better understanding by reviewing these guides to travel sustainably:

The Importance of Being a Responsible Traveller

Eco-Tourism Destinations

Eco-Tourism Traps To Avoid

 

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Be green all year round

Don’t give up your resolution after one month. Be green all year round! Do your part at work to be as environmentally minded as you are at home. Here are simple suggestions to implement sustainable practices in the work place.

Have a look at these articles to help you to be greener and more environmentally sustainable at work:

How to Go Green at Work

How to Form a Green Team

Greening your transportation to work

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Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier

Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier

by Siobhan O’Neill, Editor, Green Hotelier 

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The drive to increase sustainability in hotels is growing year on year. The responsibility case for properties to demonstrate good environmental practice has been proved beyond argument and now they have the bottom line figures to prove the business case as well. But focus is invariably on good energy, water and waste stewardship whilst preserving the guest’s in-room experience. Going forward, if hotels want to continue to reap the rewards of sustainable practice, they may have to build it into the fabric of their rooms. Read more

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